The Portsmouth Invitational has long been a proving ground for elite but obscure college basketball players who for whatever reason have been overlooked by NBA teams and scouts. On Friday, April 18 Weber State men's basketball senior guard Davion Berry hereby announced his arrival to an already cluttered 2014 NBA Draft board in Portsmouth.
Berry scored 20 points in a losing effort for his team Friday. But it was 20 points in just 31 minutes of action to go with four assists that will have NBA teams wondering if Berry is worth risking a second-round pick come Draft Day.
Consider: Damian Lillard, another Weber State product, wasn’t even on anyone’s radar until he flourished at a pre-draft camp in Chicago. By the way, that tournament took place later than Portsmouth.
After two games in Portsmouth, Berry has averaged 18 points per game and four assists in 29 minutes of play. But the statistic that really has to make NBA scouts wonder -- and possibly drool -- is that the 6-foot-4 guard from Oakland is also averaging six rebounds per game.
His assist-to-turnover ratio at this prestigious postseason showcase is also 4-to-1 against like-minded college seniors and NBA Draft prospects. Not only that, he’s been very efficient at the free throw line, connecting on seven of eight free throws he has attempted in Portsmouth.
Reporter Jordan Tyler of RealGM.com is covering the tournament. He said on his Twitter page that he thinks Berry is a well-rounded player.
“Love Davion Berry's game....solid in a lot of areas and fundamentally sound....runs floor, great with shot fakes, and runs the floor,” Tyler tweeted on Friday.
Berry will have another chance to impress NBA teams on Saturday, April 19 when his team finishes out the Portsmouth Invitational. Not everyone liked Berry as a top prospect in Portsmouth, however.
One Portsmouth Invitational breakdown by Bleacher Report, for example, didn’t have one thing to say about the Weber State guard. The Web site Draft Express currently ranks Berry as the No. 61 college senior on its draft board.
Nevertheless, Berry is making his play speak for itself in Portsmouth. He will likely head next to Chicago for the pre-draft combine hoping to impress more scouts.